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Bouncing Back and Leaping Forward: for Caregivers

by Susanna Bertelsen The first weekend of October my husband and I drove up to Grand Marais hoping to catch the colors of the season.  On the ride north on Highway 61 we passed many golden aspen and birch amidst the deep green spruce and other evergreen trees along the way.  An occasional crimson burning…

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What is the Second Half of Life About?

by Barbara Leonard What is the second half of life?  When does it begin?  Is it a developmental stage like any other that went before it?  What is it all about? In one way the 2nd half of life is like any other developmental stage in that it can’t be easily ignored.  It can begin…

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Reimagining Compassion

by Susanna Bertelsen “What the world needs now is love, sweet love It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of                What the world needs now is love, sweet love No, not just for some, but for everyone.” Where is that “sweet love” today? How might I…

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So, Is That Okay?

by Tom Allen I regularly tell stories in sessions with my own spiritual director about my not being my best self / dealing with shortcomings / disclosing my shadow- self. These are also common conversations in sessions where I am serving as spiritual director to others, especially to seniors. When I am not my best…

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A Grand Adventure

by Dan Johnson One of my favorite locations on this earth is a State Park on the north shore of Lake Superior at the mouth of the Temperance River. I've been going there for over 50 years and the beauty of the place never fades. I'll pull into a favorite camping spot, set up the…

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Surrender To The Unknown

by Joanne Dehmer SSND In the summer sun and an early darkening sky, I sit at the edge of a lake reflecting on the meaning of these months of 2018. It has been a time of surrender, surrender to the unknown. In January after experiencing extreme tiredness for too long a time, my cardiologist scheduled…

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Children Meeting God

by Carolyn Kolovitz Those of us who grew up pre-internet understand the world is much bigger than it seems online. My first glimpse into the vastness of place and possibility happened when I was small and trapped in the front seat of a pickup truck with my mom, dad and two German Shorthaired dogs as we drove from Chicago…

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Unconditional Grief

by Karen Treat The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, "O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!"  2 Samuel 18:33 I have to wonder why…

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Loyola’s 2018 Summer Reading Suggestions

Recommended by Susanna Bertelsen: Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a youthful brain through modern science and ageless wisdom by Henry Emmons and David Alter Recommended by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde: Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor Recommended by JoAnn Campbell-Rice: A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee The Leavers…

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The Place of Meeting

by Mary Noble Garcia “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”                                                                 …

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